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PK1016-19 rocking chair from Parker Knoll, UK, 1960s
PK1016-19 rocking chair from Parker Knoll, UK, 1960s
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English Mid-Century Modern model PK1016-19 rocking chair from Parker Knoll. The rocking chair have a curvaceous wooden frame (made of stained beech) with two loose light marsala cushions. The upholstery have a nice and soft velvet look. The model was designed in 1968 and is part of the ‘Florian’ range. The item is in good vintage condition and has all the original labels/stamp: the Parker Knoll stamp, a Parker Knoll label, and two quality control marks. The bottom cushion sits on the original tension springs, flanked by the original Parker Knoll textile ribbons.
Pair of Swedish Gemla Mobler chairs. The structure and the armrests – made of curved wood – give a natural, organic and pleasant shape. This is completed in a beautiful way by the wool upholstery, in a shade of green that is specific for the Mid-Century furniture. This chairs can fit any nice interior, having the ability to create a warm atmosphere in the room. The chairs are in very good shape with only few age-related traces.
At Helge River in Diö, in the heart of the old forests of Småland, lies Sweden’s oldest furniture factory (founded in 1861). Its inner sanctum, beech and ash are tamed into time- less furniture by skilled craftsmen who know which way the wood likes to bend. Stretching and flexing, easing and teasing, until the steaming hot wood finds its form. And the wood will not be rushed. The transformation from log into chair takes days, sometimes even weeks. The technique has been used by boat and fence builders since ancient times but was refined in the mid 1800’s by Thonet into the iconic chair, worn my millions of seats in the cafés of Europe. The shape is determined by the best and the brightest of their time. Back then their names were Peter Celsing, Yngve Ekström, Sigurd Lewerentz and Carl Malmsten. Now they are Jonas Bohlin, Front, Lisa Hilland and Mats Theselius.
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What style of accent armchairs will work for me?
Consider the room’s current design scheme as well as your personal preferences when making this decision. Do you want something that can double as a focal point? If so, find something with exposed wood and less padding, or a piece upholstered in a unique materials, such as a vibrant velvet. Do you want to sink into your new seat with a glass of wine at the end of a long day? If relaxation is your main goal, you’ll want a design where comfort is key — think thick cushions, wide armchairs, or even a giant papasan chair. Consider the following types of chairs for your home:
Armchairs: Just like the name says, these feature two arms, and are synonymous with comfy living room chairs. They come in many styles, but the most common are the soft and inviting oversized chairs that sport substantial armrests. These are perfect for curling up in, and can be super conducive to getting lost in a good book. Smaller models, like barrel or club armchairs, can be a great way to incorporate that same cozy feeling in a slightly more formal way.
Egg Chairs: The modern futuristic look of this iconic style, created by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, is sure to be a showstopper. It’s been said the design of the egg chair was inspired by the popular womb chair; both styles feature womb-like shapes and round, modern curves. Its cousin, the swan armchair, is a smaller, less encompassing version, but will bring an equally modern and fun look to any room.
How big should my armchair be?
This depends on where you plan to put it. Determining the size is all about understanding scale — if it’s going in a spacious living room, a larger armchair will work, but if it’s going into a tight guest bedroom or a corner, consider one of smaller stature, such as a slipper chair or a corner chair. In addition, keep in mind the other furnishings in the room so that the size of your new piece works with them, not against them.
What upholstery material should I consider for armchairs?
In many cases, upholstered chairs tend to be accent pieces, so it may be fun to use a patterned fabric or bold color to make a statement. Cotton and polyester designs usually come in the widest variety of colors and patterns, but might not be the winners if you’re looking for fabrics that are easy to clean. If your style is more easy-going and classic, consider leather or microfiber; both are fairly easy to clean and will withstand wear-and-tear over time. Always take your climate into account as well when choosing an upholstered chair — for example, leather chairs may not be the best choice for hot sticky climates.
Should I pair my living room chair with an ottoman?
Ottomans and footstools are great for kicking back and relaxing, and work well if your armchair falls in line with a more casual, lounging style. Think along the lines of a leather chair and ottoman tucked in the corner by a cozy fireplace. If it’s too formal, a footrest may seem out of place. You’ll always need to consider space: Will there still be sufficient room for pathways and access to the chair itself? If so, your next step will be to make sure to get the height and width right. To maximize comfort, both pieces should be of similar width, with the footstool being as high as or slightly lower than the seat height. Ideally, you should try to coordinate the pieces by matching color, material or pattern.
Beautiful cantilever armchair made in France in the 1970s. With a clean, minimalistic design, the item is made of chromed tubular metal, plywood and leather. Colored in brown and orange, the piece could be a nice addition to any roon. The armchair is in very good vintage condition.
Elegant and exquisite Art Deco armchair made by Jindrich Halabala for UP Zavody, Czechoslovakia, in the 1950s. Halabala, one of the “Modern classics”, was the director and chief architect of UP Zavody. The factory was considered – during the 1950s and 1960s – the largest furniture manufacturers in Europe. This armchair features both the geometrical lines of an Art Deco item and the clean shapes and honest philosophy of the Modern design. The armchair have recently been restored and have new upholstery.
Beautiful red Wing-back armchair made in the 1970s in Denmark. The item features a nice organic shape and a bright red color. The armchair has a new upholstery (containing wool and cashmere) that respects the original color and texture. The beautiful Space Age design of this piece is characteristic for the Danish design of that period and, furthermore, for the Scandinavian Modern. This armchair will be an exquisite touch to any room in your home.
Very well preserved set of 4 Wiesner Hager chairs made in Austria in the 1970s. Plywood with cherry wood veneer and a tubular steel cantileverd structure. They have the original fabric upholstery. The chairs have an ergonomic shape, featuring organic, curved lines, but an overall industrial design look, being that kind of furniture items that are as much about function as style.
Wiesner-Hager was founded by Josef Wiesner as a carpentry business in 1849. In the year 1921 Rudolf Wiesner and Sebastian Hager took over their father’s business, which was at that time purely a carpentry and construction company. With the restructuring of part of the construction business into a furniture manufacture the two lay the cornerstone for a second branch of the business. Now, due to major changes in the working world and the enormous upheavals in the office and properties branch, the furniture offering has been expanded since the noughties to include the services of office consulting and interior design: Concept orientation has become a key success factor. With an export quota of 50% Wiesner-Hager is currently one of the most renowned companies in the furniture branch in Europe.